Pennsylvania Premises Liability Lawyers
Who’s responsible for an injury that happens on an unsafe property? That’s exactly the question our PA premises liability attorneys will help you answer. Then we’ll fight to get you all of the money you deserve.
Getting compensation for an accident caused by a negligent property owner isn’t easy, but the right lawyer can accomplish it. Making a premises liability case like yours a success requires a commitment to thoroughly investigating the accident and the perseverance to fight for the results you deserve – two of the qualities our law firm makes an important part of our process.
Premises Liability Defined
Wondering what exactly premises liability is? You’re not alone. The legal term may sound complicated, but the definition of premises liability doesn’t have to be.
Basically, premises liability refers to a property owner’s legal responsibility to maintain the property in a safe manner for guests or customers invited onto the premises.
All property owners – whether businesses or private citizens – have this responsibility.
Basically, these property owners are required by law to make sure the area is free of the kind of hazards that can cause serious injuries like yours.
Premises liability accidents take different forms. Our Pennsylvania premises liability accident attorneys have seen just about any kind of premises case you can imagine during our more than 20 years of practicing law, so we have the experience to handle your claim.
Types of premises liability accidents include:
- Slips and fall and trip and fall accidents make up the overwhelming majority of premises liability injuries. Falls commonly happen on commercial properties – ranging from retail and grocery stories to hospitals and doctors’ offices. When they happen on private residences, slip and falls fit under the category of homeowners’ claims. Our PA premises liability lawyers will seek compensation from the person’s homeowner’s insurance company, not from them directly.
- Dog bites. Pennsylvania state law recognizes dogs and other pets as property of the human who owns them. Allowing an aggressive dog on the premises to put visitors, customers, vendors and other guests in danger is a form of negligence.
- Swimming pool accidents. Drownings and near-drowning incidents are certainly tragic, but they’re not always unavoidable. Homeowners must keep the premises – including swimming pools – safe for any company they invite onto the property. Even at hotels and waterparks, where you may assume some risk by using the pools, a dangerous condition could be the basis for a case against the property owner.
- Trampoline accidents. Like swimming pools, trampolines can be dangerous. If a residential or commercial property owner’s negligence caused a serious trampoline accident, you may have the right to pursue a claim.
- Assaults due to inadequate security. Not every act of violence provides the grounds for a successful premises liability case. But you can reasonably expect a property such as a bar or performance venue to have security measures in place to protect you. If those security measures are inadequate and you get hurt as a result, the property owner might be legally responsible.
- Miscellaneous personal injury accidents. Just like you can’t predict what kind of safety hazards could be lurking unseen on a property you visit, you also can’t predict what types of accidents could result. Even if your accident was complicated, you could still have a case against the careless property owner who caused it.
The injuries a dangerous property can cause can vary widely. So can the ways these accidents happen. But all premises liability cases have a few elements in common:
- The condition of the property caused or contributed to the accident in some way.
- The accident caused physical injuries.
- The property owner’s actions were – as we say in the legal industry – negligent
Premises Liability and Negligence
The success of a premises liability claim hinges on this concept of negligence.
What makes a property owner negligent? Mainly, failing to meet that legal responsibility to keep the property safe.
Pennsylvania state law considers a negligent property owner responsible for the harm that resulted from their careless behavior. But just because the property owner is legally accountable doesn’t mean they will willingly hand over the money you’re entitled to.
Often, property owners will try to deny any responsibility for what happened. They may even try to blame you for the accident.
If you want the full amount of compensation for your injuries, then you’ll need to prove that the property owner was at fault for the accident. Your PA premises liability accident attorneys will do this as they pursue a personal injury claim for you.
Premises Liability Overview
Wondering how your premises liability case will progress? A claim will typically go through three phases: pre-litigation, litigation, and resolution.
Every claim is different. Once our premises liability attorneys in PA know the facts of your case, we can explain in more detail what to expect for your claim.
Premises Liability Examples
Premises liability claims are complicated. How do you know if your claim has the potential to be successful?
For one thing, you look at examples of other premises liability claims that have gotten results. You also need to choose the right lawyer for the case.
Just a few examples of our successful premises liability verdicts and settlements include:
Disclaimer: Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.
- $100,000 for a woman who suffered two broken ankles when she fell in a hole hidden from view on a friend’s property.
- $110,000 for a woman who lost a chunk of her finger, among other serious injuries, when she was assaulted outside a Philadelphia bar by two drunk patrons who had been overserved.
- $125,000 for a little girl who lost part of her lip when a friend’s dog bit her face.
- $160,000 for a man who fell on black ice in a condominium parking lot and shattered the bones in his upper arm.
- $600,000 for a boy who suffered a permanent eye injury when another child threw a stick that had been left carelessly along the sidewalk among a pile of yard debris.